Storytelling

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Legacy Media
by Sonia Paul

The Pulitzer Prizes, which were announced April 20 at Columbia Journalism School, are considered the highest honors in journalism. Given the industry’s financial crisis and the influx of online-only outlets into the news ecosystem, the fact that legacy news outlets — as opposed to digital outlets — won a large majority of the awards underscores the […] more »

Digging Deeper
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how satellite data can be used for storytelling, and we learn some ways that data reporting can improve breaking-news coverage. PART 1: Storytelling with satellite images The New York Times often incorporates satellite imagery into graphic presentations to tell far-flung stories in new ways. Graphics editor Derek Watkins explains how he […] more »

Culture
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn how The New York Times quickly morphed a viral story into a successful mobile app, and we see how Project Syria uses virtual reality to immerse the audience in the news. PART 1: Single-story apps Efforts to tailor content specifically for smartphones has given rise to freestanding mobile apps inspired by […] more »

Innovation
by Larry Dailey

It was creepy. A noted journalist was in my office. I granted him permission to connect to the organization’s computer network. After that, he told me that he was going to connect to a “virtual private network.” I remember wondering what kind of Bob Woodward, James Bond or — er — Larry Flynt activities this […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

It’s the old news adage that continues to dominate the priorities of American newsrooms: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Hard news and tragedies tend to dominate headlines, and we rarely see the other side of the coin — what happens after the fact? While niche news outlets like Upworthy and the Solutions Journalism Network have made producing […] more »

Innovation
by Aleszu Bajak

Laura Amico is editor of data and multimedia projects at the Boston Globe. In the newsroom she sits between graphics, photos, video, illustration and print, and helps coordinate those groups for cross-media projects. In 2010, she founded Homicide Watch, a site originally launched in Washington, D.C., and currently up-and-running in Boston, Trenton and Chicago that covers homicide from crime […] more »

Legacy Media
by Dr. Chester Elijah Branch

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. So you are a film student or filmmaker and you’re interested in telling a story that will stay with your audience beyond the “fade out.” Let’s say you want a webisode to go viral. Or, a couple of years ago, you […] more »

Hyper-Local
by Reuben Stern

This week we find out why investors are bullish on online media startups, and we find out how the Philadelphia-based startup Billy Penn is producing local news coverage aimed at younger readers. PART 1: Why investors love media startups Digital media startups like Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox Media have grown quickly thanks to hundreds of […] more »

Education
by Kelly Fincham

Co-authored with Leigh Wright Social media are so tightly woven into journalism that many media organizations routinely now designate social media editors. The expanding field is also creating more job opportunities for journalism graduates, which in turn has created a demand for more social media instruction at journalism schools across the U.S. However, many journalism […] more »


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